Transfusion-associated Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis) in Mexico: implications for transfusion medicine in the United States.

@article{Kirchhoff2006TransfusionassociatedCD,
  title={Transfusion-associated Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis) in Mexico: implications for transfusion medicine in the United States.},
  author={Louis V. Kirchhoff and Patricia Torregrosa Paredes and Abel Lomel{\'i}-Guerrero and Mario Paredes-Espinoza and Carlos S Ron-Guerrero and Manuel Delgado-Mej{\'i}a and Jos{\'e} G Pe{\~n}a-Mu{\~n}oz},
  journal={Transfusion},
  year={2006},
  volume={46 2},
  pages={298-304}
}
BACKGROUND Trypanosoma cruzi, the protozoan cause of Chagas disease, causes life-long infection and is easily transmitted by blood transfusion. Our goals were to determine the prevalence of Chagas disease among donors in five Mexican blood banks, to look for evidence of transmission of T. cruzi by transfusion, and to evaluate two serologic assays for Chagas disease. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Blood samples from donors were tested initially with the Abbott Chagas EIA or the Meridian Chagas' IgG… CONTINUE READING

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